Gain a greater understanding of Taiwanese culture by touring the must-see destinations in and around Kaohsiung, the country's second largest metropolis.
Your tour begins with a drive through the countryside toward Fokuanghan, a famed center of Buddhism. Founded in 1967 by Buddhist master Shingyun and painstakingly built into the mountainside, Fokuanghan or Light of Buddha Mountain, features an array of temples, meditation halls, gardens and exhibition halls displaying spectacular religious artifacts.
Fokuanghan's mission is to make Buddhism relevant in modern life, often through charitable work. Another fine way to understand its intent is by touring the collection of ritual instruments, beautiful calligraphy, and significant objects d' art in its Buddhist Cultural Museum. Before leaving Fokuanghan, you will be treated to a vegetarian luncheon consisting of traditional dishes made with fresh, locally grown ingredients.
Your tour resumes with a drive back to Kaohsiung to the Confucius Temple, situated on serene Lotus Pond, so named for the many fragrant lotus flowers growing in the water. Completed in 1976, this majestic structure is Taiwan's largest Confucian temple and expresses a deep reverence for China's beloved sage. The design reflects that of a temple in the Shandong Province, the philosopher's homeland.
You will also visit Chiming Tang, another Taiwanese temple constructed in the 1970s. Several different gods are worshipped here, including humanized gods of influential historic figures, such as Confucius.
Following your time at Chiming Tang, you will transfer back to the pier where your tour concludes.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 3 1/2 hours of moderate to strenuous walking and there are numerous steps to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Casual clothing; a hat; sunglasses and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested.